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Yum! Brands Reports First-Quarter EPS Growth Of 24%, Excluding Special Items »

April 23, 2014 at 12:08PM PDT | Source: Yum! Brands
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China Division System Sales Increased 17% with Operating Profit Growth of 80%; Yum! Reaffirms Full-Year Guidance of at least 20% EPS Growth
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - April 22, 2014 - Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 22, 2014, including EPS of $0.87.
Beginning this quarter, our financial reporting will reflect our new structure with comparable prior periods adjusted accordingly. Effective the beginning of 2014, we combined our Yum! Restaurants International and U.S. divisions into three global brand divisions: KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. China and India remain separate divisions given their strategic importance and enormous growth potential. This new structure is designed to drive greater global brand focus, enabling more effective know-how sharing and accelerated growth...

Dental Fix Recognizes One Of Its Own For Heroic Act »

April 23, 2014 at 12:02PM PDT | Source: Dental Fix
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Canadian Franchise Owner Rescues Child from Leaking Car
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // DAVIE, Fla. - Dental Fix Rx, LLC, a mobile dental equipment and handpiece repair company, has recognized franchisee Chris Moore for his heroic efforts to help save a young boy trapped in an overturned vehicle after a woman lost control of her car near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Canada. Moore was the recipient of Dental Fix's Above and Beyond Award.
Moore, alongside a fellow good Samaritan, pulled the screaming child out of his car seat and safely into his mother's arms. The accident took place in the northbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway near Morden Road, after the car clipped a logging truck and was flipped into a ditch with the woman and her two children inside...

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza Coming Soon To Washington, D.C. Area With Three Locations »

April 23, 2014 at 11:57AM PDT | Source: Blaze Pizza

Build-Your-Own Artisanal Pizza Concept Set to Open in Bethesda, MD This Summer
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Marketwired - Apr 23, 2014) - Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the leading fast-casual built-to-order artisanal pizza chain, today announced that it will soon be entering the Washington, D.C. area with three locations set to open over the next six months. The company's first D.C. area location will be in Westfield's Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, MD. Additional locations in College Park, MD (adjacent to the University of Maryland campus) and Laurel, MD (Town Center Shopping Center) are also set to open this year and will be announced soon.
Scheduled to open this summer, the new Blaze Pizza in Montgomery Mall (7101 Democracy Blvd.) will be located near The Cheesecake Factory and Bobby's Burger Palace...

Pizza Patron Set Records With La Chingona Launch »

April 23, 2014 at 11:53AM PDT | Source: Pizza Patron

DALLAS, TX - (Marketwired - April 23, 2014) - The launch of Pizza Patrón's La Ch!#gona pizza shattered all-time sales records, making it the most successful LTO product launch in company history. During the first three weeks of sales, Pizza Patrón reported that La Ch!#gona represented more than 4 percent of the pizza sales mix, more than doubling the company's peak historical average for a new LTO launch.
The success of the pizza launch came on the heels of local and national media coverage over censorship of the product name La Chingona (or La Ch!#gona for branding purposes). Just weeks before radio spots were scheduled to premiere on Monday, March 31st, the pizza chain was informed that its new advertising campaign would not be permitted to air on a number of major radio networks...

Steve And Amanda Tokita Open First Caring Transitions Franchise In Hawaii »

April 23, 2014 at 11:45AM PDT | Source: Caring Transitions

Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 - Steve and Amanda Tokita have opened the very first Caring Transitions franchise in Hawaii to bring senior relocation services to Honolulu and the Island of Oahu as well as the neighboring islands.
"I always envisioned owning a business of my own one day and, while just clicking around online at home, I found Caring Transitions and the proverbial light went on over my head. There are people in our community who desperately need the services Caring Transitions can provide. This is a huge opportunity to help people in need while owning my own business," Steve said.
Caring Transitions specializes in organizing and managing senior relocations, downsizing, decluttering, liquidation of belongings and estate sales for seniors who are moving to a smaller home, back in with their children, or into assisted living facilities...

Pirtek Experiences Revenue Growth In First Quarter, Builds Momentum For Successful 2014 »

April 23, 2014 at 11:36AM PDT | Source: Pirtek USA

Fluid Power Systems Leader Sets Sites on Revenue and Unit Growth
Rockledge, Fla. (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 - Pirtek, an industry leader in fluid power system hose repair, wrapped up the first quarter of 2014 with revenue increases and a tremendous amount of momentum.
From January through March, Pirtek center sales experienced a 24% revenue increase compared to the first quarter of 2013. In addition, the company added a new franchise location in St. Louis, MO.
Pirtek also signed two new franchise partners in Houston, TX and Tucson, AZ, which are scheduled to open in May.
As a result, the industry leader is continuing to prove itself as franchising's best-kept secret while establishing a solid foundation to expand into new markets across the U...

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Signs Franchise And Mult-Unit Development Agreements For Additional 22 Units »

April 23, 2014 at 11:14AM PDT | Source: Hurricane Grill & Wings

April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // WEST PALM BEACH, FLA – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a restaurant franchise known for its never-frozen jumbo wings and more than 35 signature flavors, announced today the signing of five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations. The Florida-based brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of the year.
"The Hurricane Grill & Wings brand is on the move and we are proud that our current and future franchisees want to be a part of this exciting time," said Martin O'Dowd, president, Hurricane Grill & Wings. "With our number of units expected to increase this year from 58 restaurants to 72, it's rewarding to us as a brand to bring our fun, family-friendly restaurants to new communities...

Niagara Falls Welcomes New Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel »

April 23, 2014 at 11:05AM PDT | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Centrally Located Property Extends Hamptonality in Niagara Falls
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton Hotels, Hilton Worldwide's global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, and Hampton by Hilton hotels, today announced the official opening of its newest property, the 79-room Hampton Inn Niagara Falls/Blvd located at 6501 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls.
"The addition of a centrally located Hampton Inn & Suites hotel to Niagara Falls will make the area an even more attractive destination," said Robert Santiago, general manager. "Guests staying with us will have access to numerous tourist attractions, shopping and a myriad of dining options...

Carl's Jr. Offers New Summertime Sweet Treats For Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner »

April 23, 2014 at 10:57AM PDT | Source: Carl's Jr.
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New Sea Salt & Caramel Shake and Made from Scratch Strawberry Biscuit arrive at Carl's Jr.
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CARPINTERIA, Calif. – Caramel is good. But with a pinch of sea salt, it's much, much better. Today, Carl's Jr.® introduces a sweet-and-salty spin on its Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes & Malts™ lineup with the arrival of the new Sea Salt & Caramel Shake. Featuring hand-scooped vanilla ice cream blended with buttery caramel syrup and topped with sea salt toffee crumbles and whipped cream, the new Sea Salt & Caramel Shake is available today at all participating Carl's Jr. locations.
"Since we first introduced Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes & Malts in 2005, we've continued to look for the most interesting new flavors we could serve to our guests," said Brad Haley, chief marketing officer for Carl's Jr...

Hungry Howie's Pizza Brings Second Location To Las Vegas »

April 23, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT | Source: Hungry Howie's Pizza

April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // MADISON HEIGHTS, MI – Hungry Howie's Pizza, the originator of flavored pizza crust, announced today its second location in the Las Vegas area. The pizza franchise offers a mouthwatering selection of eight famous crust flavors including; butter, butter cheese, cajun, garlic herb, ranch, onion, sesame, and asiago cheese.
In celebration of the brand's newest location, Hungry Howie's Pizza will be making donations to two local organizations, The Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas as well as Big Brothers and Sisters of Southern Nevada. Both groups provide guidance and support to at-risk youth. In addition to both donations, one lucky guest will be offered free pizza for a year.
Franchisee Chadi Hamzen is no stranger to the Hungry Howie's Pizza brand, as this will be his second restaurant location...

Fresh Coat Painters Offers New Level Of Customer Service »

April 23, 2014 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Fresh Coat

Lake Norman, NC (PRWEB) April 23, 2014 - After a decade of being the main painter for her family’s construction company, Sue Ziegler is looking to bring a new level of customer service to the community with her new business franchise, Fresh Coat Painters.
Fresh Coat of Lake Norman serves Cornelius, Davidson, Lake Norman, Huntersville and the University City area as well as the surrounding communities. Fresh Coat offers professional residential and commercial paintingservices including interior and exterior painting, wood staining and refinishing, deck staining, and many other services for nearly every protective coating application. They use quality, environmentally safe materials and offer a live 24/7 customer service center, online scheduling and free detailed quotes...

East Coast Wings & Grill Blazes To The Top With Sizzling Achievements »

April 23, 2014 at 10:03AM PDT | Source: East Coast Wings & Grill

Upscale Buffalo Wing Franchise Carves Its Niche in the Casual Dining Industry
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - April 23, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - East Coast Wings & Grill, a casual dining restaurant known for its 75 flavors of award-winning buffalo-style wings, is elevating the climate of casual family dining by focusing on success one unit at a time.
Set to average more than 23 percent new unit growth in 2014 and 10 years of positive same store sales, the cutting-edge franchise is leading the buffalo wing segment in profitability and franchisee satisfaction. East Coast Wings & Grill grew its Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) by 1.05 basis points in 2013 to 17.06 percent ($260K) compared to 16...

Murphy Business & Financial Corporation Signs Agreement With Existing Michigan-based Brokerage Firm »

April 23, 2014 at 9:48AM PDT | Source: Murphy Business & Financial Corporation

Company Connections, Inc. Joins Murphy Business & Financial Corporation
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CLEARWATER, Fla. – Murphy Business & Financial Corporation, North America's leading, full-service business brokerage firm with more than 150 offices in the United States and Canada, announced today that a Michigan based brokerage firm, Company Connections founded in 1982, has joined the Murphy Business & Financial Corporation franchise network with plans to develop franchise offices throughout Michigan and Indiana, as a Regional Developer for the Murphy brand. Company Connections joins Murphy as Murphy Business Great Lakes Region.
According to the Michigan Future Business Index, surveys continue to show an improving business climate for Michigan...

Shipley Do-Nuts Announces Grand Opening In San Antonio »

April 23, 2014 at 9:35AM PDT | Source: Shipley Do-Nuts

April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Houston, Texas – Shipley Do-Nuts is celebrating the grand opening of its 15th San Antonio area location, at 1303 Pat Booker Rd, Universal City, Texas 78148 on Saturday, April 26th, 2014.
Along with other prizes and gifts, the store will offer a free glazed do-nut and coffee to each guest from 8am to 11am (no purchase required). There will also be a special appearance from “Glaze”, the do-nut shaped company mascot. “The grand opening event will be well attended and a lot of fun,” says franchise owner, Mr. Veasna Heng. “I’m excited to introduce our wonderful do-nuts and kolaches to a new group of potential customers. Our hot glazed do-nuts are definitely hard to beat...

Bar Louie Stone Oak To Host Four Days Of FUNdraising For Local Firefighters »

April 23, 2014 at 9:05AM PDT | Source: Bar Louie

Bar Louie will 'Go BIG' and Give Back in Celebration of its One-Year Anniversary
SAN ANTONIO - April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Bar Louie, a neighborhood bar and eatery located at the Villages at Stone Oak, announced today they will host a four day celebration in honor of their one-year anniversary. The festivities beginning Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, May 4, will feature some amazing food and drink specials with ALL net sales benefiting their local Fire Station 46 in Stone Oak.
"We are going BIG with this event," says Bar Louie General Manager Richard Gerber. "We're not only going to raise a lot of money to benefit our local fire station, but over the course of 4 days we are going to throw a series of events the people of Stone Oak will be talking about for months...

Hooters "HootClub" App And Customer Loyalty Program Tests In Atlanta »

April 23, 2014 at 8:59AM PDT | Source: Hooters

New Mobile App and Loyalty Framework Allow Hooters to Customize Guest Experiences and Offers
ATLANTA - April 23, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Iconic dining destination Hooters launched its first multi-channel customer loyalty program with a pilot in the Atlanta market. The new program enables Hooters to communicate more effectively with guests and cater to their personal preferences by offering customized discounts, rewards and promotions. The cornerstone of the marketing effort is the new mobile app called Hooters HootClub, which makes it easy for guests to earn rewards on their favorite food and drink items, stay up-to-date on the latest events at Hooters and register for sweepstakes to win awesome prizes.
"Thirty years old and still growing… pretty awesome!" said Chris Duncan, chief information officer, Hooters of America...

Homewatch CareGivers International Partners With The Eden Alternative® To Bring Person-directed Care To Caregivers Across The Country »

April 23, 2014 at 8:40AM PDT | Source: Homewatch CareGivers

The partnership announces the launch of first blended-learning Certified Eden at Home Associate Training for home care industry.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Homewatch CareGivers International and The Eden Alternative are announcing the launch of a co-developed online version of The Eden Alternative's Certified Eden at Home Associate Training. The interactive e-learning platform aims to improve the quality of life for thousands of older adults and caregivers across the country. This customized training was specifically designed for the home care industry and will be offered exclusively to Homewatch CareGivers until the end of 2014.
Eden at Home, based on the ten-principle philosophy of The Eden Alternative, promotes person-directed care that is structured around the unique needs, strengths and desires of each elder living at home...

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Plans For 20 New Restaurants In South Orange County And The San Fernando Valley »

April 23, 2014 at 8:27AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
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West Coast Expansion Continues to Brew in California for Dunkin' Donuts
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // CANTON, MA – Dunkin' Donuts, America's all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.
The two franchise groups and their development plans include:

New franchise group Precision Hospitality & Development, which plans to develop 10 restaurants in South Orange County and the surrounding cities. Led by real estate developer, Joe Haupt, the group's first restaurant is planned to open in 2015...

Red Mango® Yogurt Café With Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar To Unveil First Two Locations In Austin »

April 23, 2014 at 8:22AM PDT | Source: Red Mango

New Franchisee James McIntire to Introduce Expanded Concept in Town
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS – For Austin resident and bicycle fanatic James McIntire life is all about moving fast, having fun and living healthy. After spending most of his life racing bicycles and managing bicycle shops, McIntire is now racing to be one of the first franchise owners to introduce the expanded Red Mango® Yogurt Café with Smoothie Factory® Juice Bar concept in Texas.
With plans to open two locations in Austin, McIntire is combining a healthful business with his active lifestyle.
After researching many frozen yogurt chains, McIntire was sold on Red Mango’s healthy products with fortified probiotics to satisfy the active Austin community...

Dentons Captures Top Real Estate Award On Back Of Record Deal Flow »

April 23, 2014 at 8:15AM PDT | Source: Dentons

Dentons has been recognized as Law Firm of the Year for Central and Eastern Europe at the CEE Real Estate Quality Awards, sponsored in part by the Financial Times
April 23, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dentons has been recognized as "Law Firm of the Year" for Central and Eastern Europe at the CEE Real Estate Quality Awards, sponsored in part by the Financial Times.
With a string of high profile representations (such as BlackRock's sale of the Rondo 1 office tower in Warsaw and Tristan Capital's acquisition of "Praha City Center" in Prague), and a stellar institutional client base, including Blackstone, Starwood Capital, CBRE Global Investors and Morgan Stanley, Dentons' CEE real estate team is handling a deal flow that has exceeded pre-financial peaks...



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